An innovative linked data platform to improve the wellbeing of children: The South Australian Early Childhood Data Project

Stream: Australia’s welfare / social data
Date: Wednesday, 11 September 2019
Time: 10.45 am – 12.25 pm


This presentation will explore the South Australian Early Childhood Data Project (SA ECDP) as an exemplar of the benefits of trans-disciplinary and inter-sectoral research involving data linkage. The SA ECDP brings together diverse data sources spanning health, education and welfare services, including child protection data on all births in SA from 1991 going forward. It is also the first data asset to link integrated state-based information with Commonwealth Centrelink data to explore pathways into adulthood. The amalgamation of these data, in tandem with the collaborative research model drawing on government, non-government and research expertise, offers new opportunities to break down silos and improve child health and development outcome. We will use examples of our work with child protection to highlight novel insights from the data, how the data can be used to better understand potential target populations, evidence informed service planning and evaluation of novel interventions and core services.


John Lynch (Presenter), University of Adelaide
John Lynch is Professor of Epidemiology at the University of Adelaide. He is the Director of the BetterStart Child Health and Development Research Group. He spent 20 years working in North America before returning to Australia in 2009. He is an internationally recognized scholar in epidemiology and public health with over 350 publications and an H Index of 97. In 2015 he was elected as a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences. Each year from 2014 he has been awarded world high cite researcher status placing him in the top 1% of scholars in his field.